Planning a Winter Fat Bike Trip

Fat biking in the winter requires the right bike, gear, and combination of weather and snow conditions.

  • If you don’t have a bike with 4-inch tires minimum, rent one from a local shop or at your final destination.
  • Dress as you would for cross-country skiing or snowshoeing.
  • Snow conditions change day to day, just as they do on the slopes. A day, or the time of day, may make the difference between fun and “meh” or “ugh.”
  • Don’t fat bike if it’s been above freezing for 24 hours, unless you like slip sliding in the slush.
  • Don’t head out after a big storm before checking the local grooming report.
  • Don’t be in a hurry. Fat bikes are generally slower than mountain bikes, and even more so in the snow.
  • Stay off trails not designated for fat bikes.
  • Consider a donation to the volunteer organizations that make your fat bike fun possible. //

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